Line25

25 Interactive HTML Websites That Look Like Flash

Read the full post

Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Remember those cool interactive media rich websites that were built with Flash? They would often feature full-screen layouts, animated elements and futuristic interfaces that made HTML websites look plain and boring.

This post rounds up a collection of super cool HTML websites that feature all those clever effects we loved about Flash websites of years past. Although these websites have comparable designs to those created using Flash, these were actually designed by using HTML and CSS.

Unfortunately Flash brought along all kinds of problems from inaccessibility to high processor loads and other errors. Nowadays you can get similar results by using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript libraries such as jQuery.

Salt Surf

This website has many neat features including a gorgeous design with a chic texture and a creative navigation.

Salt Surf Website Design

Blacknegative

Here’s an outstanding web design with a unique navigation and eye-catching video backgrounds. You can navigate through its design by dragging your mouse left or right.

Blacknegative Website Concept

TAG Interativa

This full-screen layout takes up all the space with a gorgeous illustration. Although it was created using CSS and HTML, the design presents similarities to Flash.

TAG Interativa Website Design

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

This website has a professional design with powerful features such as a modern full-screen design, subtle animation, a well-organized content, responsive design, etc.

Mercedes Benz A Class Website Concept

Martin Gauer

A unique design will definitely keep your users engaged for a long period of time. This website has a creative design with an interactive design. You can use the icons from the phone to navigate through the website.

Martin Gauer Website Design

Adidas Design Studios

This is the official website where you can look up jobs, submit applications, check the locations, the brands, etc. You can learn more about this company and do so in an outstanding website with a modern design.

Adidas Design Studios Website Concept

Keystone Logistics

This is an amazing website for skilled professionals from a transport company. This is a user-friendly design with a fully responsive layout, clear and organized content, all the information is accessible, etc.

Keystone Logistics Website Design

Planoform

Here is a luxurious website with an elegant design. There’s much to look at this amazing layout, including a stunning parallax effect, a fixed header design, high-quality images, a full-screen layout, and more.

Planoform Website Concept

X-Doria

This is an excellent design for an online shop where you can discover various types of phone cases for modern devices such as iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8, S8+, Apple watches, etc.

X Doria Website Design

Kolonien

This is a definitely unique website with an eye-catching design. The design includes a video background with will definitely get your attention.

Kolonien Website Concept

Love & Luxe

Get inspired by this stunning design and discover what makes it unique. The parallax effect, lovely typography, amazing colors, responsive design, all these add up to the exceptional overall design.

Love & Luxe Website Concept

Evolution Bureau

There’s much to learn from this stunning website design. This site was created to help people find jobs by encouraging them to fully embrace their cultural heritage.

Evolution Bureau Website Design

A Book of Beards

A picture is worth a thousand words! Well, here’s the case! This website showcases and promotes a ‘Book of Beards’. With a high-quality full-screen image and a big heading to get your attention, this website seems to be a success.

A Book of Beards Website Concept

Blind Barber

Sometimes, it takes less to create a complex design. This website uses subtle animations, a well-organized content, a fixed header style which will keep your menu at reach at all times, and other user-friendly features. Accessibility is important and this website proves to own it.

Blind Barber Website Design

STEFAN KANCHEV

There are a lot of features which recall Flash although it was not used to create this website. The designer demonstrates a lot of creativity in depicting this grid layout with gray icons that come to life when hovered over.

STEFAN-KANCHEV Website Concept

COOPER

Cooper is a business strategy agency which covers various services such as consulting, organizing, and others. This stunning website has a minimalistic design which comprises all the necessary information presented in a simple but very effective manner.

COOPER Website Design

NL ENGENHARIA

NL Engenharia showcases a kind of specific website you’ve seen for an architecture firm. Although the layout is quite similar, there are other neat features that make it stand out. These include a creative side menu, high-quality full-screen images, a login area for clients, and more.

NL ENGENHARIA Website Concept

BIT BYTE BIT

This website has a full-screen layout with a blurred background which will determine you to stay focused on the heading. The rest of the website has a clean and simple design, where the information is well organized into articles.

BIT BYTE BIT Website Design

EEHARBOR

The loading speed of a website is crucial when it comes to keeping your users interested. Whether we are talking about the home page or navigating between pages, it’s very important that the website loads fast. This website has a very high loading speed, considering the fact that the only high-quality image is of the company. The rest of the design includes lovely colored backgrounds, icons, texts, and other fast loading elements.

EEHARBOR Website Concept

RENATO ZERO

This website includes many user-friendly features such as a responsive layout, a fixed header with a clear menu, organized content, etc. Although it may seem to have been created with Flash, this design was made using HTML and CSS, including those nifty animations.

RENATO ZERO Website Design

BRAND REPUBLIC

A video background always tells more than a static one. This website includes multiple interactive elements which engage the user, making him want to discover more.

BRAND REPUBLIC Website Concept

20 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT BROWSERS AND THE WEB

This is a unique design which proves a lot of creativity on behalf of the creator. The whole website was created as a book and you navigate through it by turning each page, back and forth. It’s an interactive design which will definitely get your attention, and you’ll probably learn a thing or two.

20 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT BROWSERS AND THE WEB Website Design

RYAN C. JONES

This is the photography portfolio website of Ryan C. Jones. All the images are well-organized in a grid layout with a white background to make them stand out.

RYAN C. JONES Website Concept

ATLASON

This is an impressive website design which includes a full-screen collection of previous works. This design will definitely get your attention with this outstanding design and the fully responsive layout that allows you to view it perfectly on any device.

Atlason Website Concept Design

FORM

FORM has a creative layout with the video sections which are organized like an accordion. Also, the entire website has many user-friendly features that will keep your visitors engaged in what you have to offer.

FORM Website Design


  • 187
100 HD Blurred Backgrounds

Join the mailing list to have new content delivered straight to your email inbox. Every subscriber gets a free pack of 100 HD Blurred Backgrounds + bonus 10 realistic web shadows.

100 HD Blurred Backgrounds

Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.

37 Comments

  1. Gunjesh says:

    CSS3 and jQuery combo has the capability to create highly interactive effects which make these websites real cool! Thanks for this beautiful collection!

  2. Davor says:

    Yes, jQuery+CSS3 deserved to be used in such an advanced fashion in creating interactive user experience. Awesome website selection as always. :)

  3. Brussells says:

    Awesome, awe-inspiring collection! Some really great examples on how to make the browsing experience interactive but not distract from the content.
    Definitely going to bookmark a lot of these, as well as this very page, for inspiration.

  4. Adam says:

    This is utterly amazing. So inspiring to see people create clean, interactive, stunning web pages. This will be looked at again and again! Cheers Chris.

  5. Alex says:

    Stunning sites, deffo book marked for inspiration!

    Just thought I'd let you know that the link to the blacknegative site is broken, its leading to the url in your site :)

    Thanks Chris!

  6. Alex Braker says:

    Wow, really amazing collection of HTML websites. You can create such effects by using CSS3 and JQuery. By using these two technologies, you can give such interactive effects in the websites.

  7. AJ Troxell says:

    Great list. It's amazing how far web technologies have come in recent years. Seems like yesterday it was table based websites and Geocities hahaha

  8. Rob says:

    Thanks for featuring OATBook :)

  9. SanChy says:

    Awesome collection!! Long live Html5!!

  10. mustafa says:

    really nice. thanks

  11. Sally says:

    Beyonce site above is such a good example of how HTML5, CSS3 and JS pushed the limit. Amazing site

  12. goulniky says:

    few of these actually rely on HTML5, even its smallest subset. they're based on plain HTML, CSS and jQuery (i.e. javascript).
    it seems to me that the real challenge at this stage is the lack of high-level tools to dispense from programming skills for achieving these effects

  13. Luc says:

    Another one I came across the other day: http://transformersgame.com – some great use of the transform:; property to mimic what was once Flash only.

  14. tallhat says:

    Nice selection – if anyone is interested have a look too at this new HTML5 template – Slidexy – that we’ve put together: http://www.tallhat.com/templates/slidexy/ – it uses jQuery scrolling and is 'responsive' as it also presents the same content well on iPhone and iPad. It 'spreads' the content for 2D scrolling using JS.

  15. Great collection Chris. Takes me back to when Dreamweaver 2.0 came out with a 'timeline'. You could animate elements as in Flash, but the dhtml code it created was, well, lets just say chunky! I should see if I have it backed up somewhere…

  16. Really informative!!!Thanks for posting.Looking forward for more.Great job…

  17. Yeah, we all know that CSS3 and jQuery is the best combo for Web Designing. It’s useful to the world of design – realistic, precise and best. Using those two is good stuff. Actually our Website has jQuey and CSS3. Look the difference with it ?

  18. Wonder if my site would have made the list if I launched sooner…

  19. Haarty Hanks says:

    Awesome collection!!
    HTML+CSS3+JQuery=Flash
    Mind Blowing…

  20. Lalit Vijay says:

    HTML{HTML 5}+CSS3+AJAX{J-Query-mootools etc.}
    Are making things more lucrative than ever before and it really deserve this kind on reflexes too.

  21. David says:

    Have a look at http://www.domperignon.com. That's full HTML and iPad compatible, and completely different than the usual Parallax stuff.

  22. Zeidan says:

    Excellent post Chris! Great collection. Flash websites are very popular these days, and they can make very new looking sites.

  23. Web desain says:

    Css3 + jquery realy cool

  24. Will S says:

    The portfolio page by Michel Doudin
    is super cool. Im totally creating something along that line in the futre.

  25. really cool collection, especially like the book of beards site purely because of the not-for-profit charitable cause behind it. Not many websites created for a charitable purpose are well designed so hats off to him!

  26. Steev says:

    Awesome …..websites design ! thanks for sharing

  27. bomazen says:

    really cool websites design

  28. johanso says:

    HTML5 is definitely the best, bye flash

  29. Mike says:

    Realy nice blog !! great content i will keep, added to my favs .

    Salt website looks incredible pure beauty .

    • Mike says:

      i have been doin as/flash animation for a long time, you cant compare html5 to flash they both totaly different things. you will never be able to do in html5/css3/js what flash can do since flash is related/working with motion graphics software like motion or ae.

  30. Alex says:

    Thanks for the great samples of sites that look like Flash but actually are not. That's just great. Most of my friends don't buy that it's not Flash. I bet and earn money :)

  31. Kenneth says:

    yeah, js and its libraries are all the rage nowadays. I'm sure that before long flash will be used exclusively in gaming because most of the effects Flash is known for will be replaced by all sorts of JavaScript libraries like jQuery and such.

  32. Giancarlo says:

    Bye Flash! It was nice knowing you, but you're killing my CPU and heating up my MacBook now. HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery are the way to be!

  33. Brian says:

    I remember a few years ago, Apple was criticized by some for not using flash on their iPad. With the current trend, we now fully see the wisdom behind that decision.

  34. LIAM says:

    Nice Websites List.

  35. Sosyolog says:

    Great list. I love it

Leave a response